Blackburn and Darwen are undergoing a period of significant investment which is strengthening our position in the North West economy and creating the conditions for growth.

We are the proud home of global brands and national businesses, from Graham & Brown and Crown Paints to Euro Garages and WEC Group.

Completion of the £30m flagship Cathedral Quarter development, the Government backed £40m Pennine Reach transport scheme and a £3m Townscape Heritage project to transform Blackburn town centre are among the innovative developments that are opening up new business opportunities.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is bringing key strategic sites forward for development across industry and town centres, backed by a portfolio of privately owned sites, including opportunities along the M65 corridor.

Find out more about Blackburn and Darwen at www.blackburn-darwen.org.uk.

The Association of Accounting Technicians named Blackburn as one of the best locations in the UK to start a small business.

Almost 4,000 new jobs have been created in Blackburn and Darwen since 2009, surpassing regional and national job growth figures.

Blackburn College has the largest university centre in England and is number one for apprenticeship success

Our Plan for Prosperity will see £600m of private sector investment by 2020, including the creation of around 3,000 new homes, 100,000 sq m of commercial floor space and up to 2,700 new jobs.


Blackburn and Darwen are fantastically situated on the edge of Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble Valley, at the heart of the North West region.

We are only 20 miles from Manchester and an hour’s drive from Liverpool. The M65 directly links to the M6, M61 and M66 motorways and provides easy access to the region’s international airports, towns and cities and the beautiful countryside of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.